Deadly New York crane collapse in
February was operator error: report
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[December 10, 2016]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A crane
collapse in February that killed one person, injured three pedestrians
and flattened parked cars along a busy street in New York City was the
result of operator error, a city report concluded on Friday.
New York resident David Wichs, 38, died on Feb. 5 when a 565-foot crane
came crashing down on Worth Street in downtown Manhattan during a
snowstorm, leaving twisted equipment lying along nearly two city blocks.
The city's Department of Buildings found the operator, identified as
Kevin Reilly in the 42-page report, failed to secure the crane amid high
winds the night before the collapse and then lowered the boom at an
improper angle on Feb. 5, causing the crane to become unstable.
"The crane operator involved in this incident acted recklessly, with
tragic results," the department's commissioner, Rick Chandler, said in a
Reilly's license has been suspended and the department is seeking to
revoke it permanently.
A lawyer for Reilly, Stacey Richman, declined to comment on Friday,
saying she had not yet seen the report.
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A construction crane is seen on top of cars along the street in
downtown Manhattan in New York, February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan
Following the collapse, the city implemented tougher rules on
operating certain cranes in bad weather. The buildings department is
also proposing legislative and regulatory changes aimed at requiring
more inspections and stricter safety measures.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by James Dalgleish)
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